message in a bottle


When I was young and my family would take me to the beach each summer I would comb the shores for treasures. Seashells and driftwood would always make it back home with me to add to growing collections, but I was hoping for a much bigger prize. Every time I found a bottle washed ashore I would splash through the waves to grab it before it could be dragged back out to sea, draining out whatever water and debris was inside, dreaming for the ultimate find – a message rolled up inside, with words from a soulmate across the water, instructions on how to find treasure, or a treasure map itself. I would leap on each spotted bottle impatiently, hope springing anew each time, but I never found the prize I was hoping for. There’s something so magical about the thought of finding a hidden message, from another time or place that’s traveled through space and history to get to you. That’s part of why I love living in a city like San Francisco; rich in history, where every home, building and street corner holds a message from the past. So the other week when M and I unexpectedly found ourselves picnicking on Ocean Beach, I left a message behind for another dreamer to find. M captured the moment in this amazing video — take a look!

Ocean Beach / Moroccan Tunic from MB Maher on Vimeo.

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And in case anyone is worried, I watched the beach from my hideout spot up in the dunes to make sure someone would find the bottle — it took almost no time at all. What would you say if you were leaving a message behind in a capsule for a stranger to discover? Have you ever been lucky enough to find a hidden message yourself? Tell me the story in a comment below. Until next time, follow me on pinterest and instagram to get a daily dose of inspiration!


Dress: found in the souks of Morocco – similar here/Slip: Free People/Bag: Vintage Couch/Hat: Ducks in a Row

All photography and video by MB Maher

Thank you for reading!


  1. I adore your blog–it makes me miss the Bay Area so badly.
    As a child I also used to comb the seashore for seashells and other treasures mixed up with driftwood and seaweed after a storm.

  2. Love this idea. After years of living by the sea you’d think I would have found one by now…Maybe I should take a page from your book and send one out myself :)

  3. M&J — this really brings the cold grey beaches of SF to life again for me. A beach perhaps not to everyone’s taste but guaranteed tempestuous and windblown, perfect for such adventures.

  4. Love the video!

  5. yet another reason for me to visit SF, missing the smell of the salty sea air. Love the video by the way :) Happy Friday

  6. i have never found a bottle, but boy if did i would wish it was this one. that video made me so happy inside. :)

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